Activision has hit a goldmine in Skylanders, an action game featuring interaction with real-life collectible figurines. These Skylander figurines are colorful monsters that transform into playable characters in the game when placed on special pedestal. Character statistics are saved in the figurines themselves, so players can go to a friend's house and play any version of the Skylanders game with their own characters.
The Skylanders game itself has received positive reviews from both young gamers and adults. It's a solid action adventure game that reminds some players of Gauntlet, but with more character progression. There are currently thirty Skylanders figurines available, along with extra adventure packs that contain both a Skylander and a new game area to explore.